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Moving Away From A Career Path You’re Done With… Even When You Don’t Really Believe You Can

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If you’ve ever been at a place in your career and working life where you desperately need a change but are so enmeshed in your current job that you can’t see the way out, you’ll already know that the fraught effects it has on all other areas of your life  — your relationships, finances, work/life balance, and health and well-being — can cause it to become one of the most unhappy and stressful times in your life.

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With this in mind, it is important to recognise that there are various reasons you’ve become so anchored or identified into your current career or job. These run the gamut from the sense of credibility and ‘achievement’ it provides, which helps you establish your place in the world, to the fundamental financial security you and your dependents cannot live without.

Much more of your identity and validity as a professional and employee is inextricably linked with how you earn a living than you might realise.

You, like the vast majority of folks, have been conditioned from a very young age to create for yourself, through focus, commitment, ambition, and hard work, a place in which you can stand proud, and in so doing, secure the approval of your parents, spouse, children, wider community, colleagues, and friends.

The piece that often goes unnoticed, however, is that this pathway of social responsibility and achievement is one that is, for the most part, external to you.  And that is not to knock it entirely — it certainly has its merits in helping to fashion a society that is buoyant in a productive, structured way.  Of that, there can be no doubt.

Once you begin to recognise that you’ve been following an agenda that isn’t actually 100% authentic to you however, the set of pointed questions below can help you gain a vastly expanded view of your situation right now.

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Journaling Guidelines: In order that you can glean and capture the deep wisdom, the answers that are within you right now, make sure you have a pen and some paper nearby.  Close your eyes after you read each question and really take it in.  Notice how your heart and physical body respond and imagine that you can tune into the steady, silent voice within you, that for too long, although it is your greatest ally, has gone unnoticed and hasn’t been heard.  Ask that voice — the voice of your innermost desires, feelings, and needs to show and communicate to you what it most wants you to know.  Once you feel like you’ve captured your deep response to the question, begin to write your response, without stopping to think about your grammar, spelling, or punctuation, knowing that you can always close your eyes again and tune in if there is a thought form you want to better understand or go deeper with.

Journaling Questions:

  1. Does the career path I am currently on honour the deep, silent stirrings and sensibilities of my soul?
  2. Where am I not feeling truly appreciated, understood, and seen?
  3. How is this showing up in my happiness levels and relationship with my body, health, and my innermost Self?
  4. How is this showing up in my primary relationships with the people I care about the most?
  5. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, how committed am I to changing my job situation before I lose control of the situation and something big has to give? (Note: If your score isn’t a 10, ask yourself “What is the belief that is holding me back from committing fully to my happiness right now?”)
  6. Am I open to the idea of progressively beginning to release my investment/grip on this limiting belief and instead, muster the courage I need to begin trusting myself to explore, research, and ultimately create a way out, even when I can’t clearly see the way ahead?
  7. If I were to move past what I have previously perceived as ‘blocks’ to my personal growth and change, what would I do now, no matter what?

And actually, rather than do this journaling exercise just once, for maximum benefit, these are questions that are worth revisiting at least a few more times over the next week.

Why?

When you ask yourself these questions repeatedly, what you are in effect doing is creating a platform for your innermost feelings and needs — the very ones that have unwittingly been going unnoticed and which are, in large part, the reason you are here.

Is that going to make you feel uncomfortable?

Honestly?  The answer is probably, more likely than not.

Is it necessary in order that you can have any chance at all of moving towards a work situation that by comparison feels more deeply satisfying, authentic, and aligned?

100% yes.

Truth be told, it takes a significant amount of courage to take an honest inventory of where you are now, but — rest assured, it isn’t all in vain!

It is important for me to point out that my reasons for sharing these journaling questions with you are not to raise your awareness of how unhappy and frustrated you feel.  Rather, it is only by identifying the real roots of your career dissatisfaction that you truly begin to remember and reconnect with who you essentially ARE.

There is a tremendous alchemy that occurs on various levels of your awareness at this very point which I don’t want to undermine by trying to capture and articulate it in words.  Suffice it to say, however, when you are at this place of feeling so entrenched in your current work situation that you don’t sense that any options or possibilities for doing things differently are at all within your grasp, reaching inwards towards your authentic Self can set about a chain of events that opens your eyes to the choices that are in front of you and which can move you towards a work situation that feels relatively more aligned, enjoyable, expansive, and free.

From my own personal experience as well as the powerful transformational work I do with clients every day, this is territory I know like the back of my hand.  And what I have come to know is that even if you feel this way, having the security that your current job provides (rather than no job at all!) is the perfect place to begin this line of enquiry back to your authentic Self and needs.

If you would like to go deeper with the ideas presented in this article and gain a better understanding of the impact they can have in your specific situation and life, I would love for you to be part of my private audience during the free 90 minute, virtual Career Direction Clarity (Group) Session I’ll be leading on April 18.  Registration for this super-special event is open — simply click the link to sign up now!

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An Animation That Beautifully Explores ‘The War On Consciousness’

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  • The Facts:

    Many feel there is a great effort to suppress human consciousness. Not just our will, but the exploration of who we truly are. This shows up in many ways, originating top-down from corporations to governments etc.

  • Reflect On:

    There is no actual 'war.' This is a state of perception. If we see it as war, we create fighting. Instead, let's simply evolve and expand our consciousness knowing we're more powerful than those who suppress. Spreading knowledge and living it is key.

The animation below is great and Graham Hancock’s message in it is also powerful, but I want to address something important quickly before we start, as what I’m about to say is a crucial part of the message we have been working so hard to convey here at CE since inception.

I get that ‘the war on consciousness’ is a figure of speech in the case of this talk, but with 10 years working in this field of journalism and consciousness, I do see many of us getting caught up in the idea that we have to fight and that there is a war to be won.

I see this as a state of consciousness that will keep us locked in a state of disconnection and loss of power.

Moving Beyond A Key Myth

One of the biggest myths that gets spread around this movement is that we must get angry to change the world. The truth is, some of us might get angry at first, and that’s totally fine! But we have to shift beyond the consciousness of being angry about our world before we can change it in any way that will TRULY cause change.

When we change things out of anger, spite, judgement or anxiety, we don’t create systems from the heart, this we will need to break them down again in a very short time. Not because we have evolved beyond them again, but because they are systems created from a polarized state of being. THIS is what we’re moving beyond in this shift.

Change Starts Within.

This is neutrality in action. This is how we evolve beyond what we see in our world.

What does it mean to evolve beyond it? It’s to be in a state of being and emotion where these events can no longer happen. When you assume you must fight for something, you are saying that there needs to be a fight, thus you are met with a fight. That emotion and idea comes from a disconnected state of consciousness where we can still create that experience.

If we as individuals evolve beyond the need for the fight, it would mean to be in a state of being where we do not need to see the fight. That comes from changing our view and perception of something.

Being present, being here now, and not identifying so strongly with the body, our identity, culture, skin color, struggle etc is powerful. We instead see and live in a state of being where we practice the knowing of our pure potential, living through the heart, collaborative oneness and true heart guidance.

Thus, to evolve beyond it is to change your state of being so that this type of reality no longer exists as it can’t be created from that new state of being. When we achieve this collectively, it no longer exists in our world.

Now that I got that out of the way, one last note is, Graham Hancock will speak of psychedelics in his talk. They have become incredibly trendy today, and while they can help people, research is suggesting this happens when done in specific ways and with specific intentions. Many are starting to put all their power into these plants as if it will do the work for them. They don’t, and won’t.

You can also achieve these exact same insights without the use of these plants. It’s important we maintain a grounded and realistic approach to these plants so they can be used with respect and for their intended purpose. We explore the purpose of psychedelics deeply in an episode of The Collective Evolution Podcast here.

 The ‘War’ On Consciousness

This animation was created by the talented team over at After Skool. You can check out their channel here.

Transcript

What is death? Our materialist science reduces everything to matter, materialist science in the West says that we are just meat, we’re just our bodies. So when the brain is dead, that’s the end of consciousness, there is no life after death, there is no soul; we just rot and are gone. Actually, many honest scientists should admit that consciousness is the greatest mystery of science and that we don’t know exactly how it works.

The brain is involved in it some way but we’re not sure how. It could be that the brain generates consciousness the way a generator makes electricity, if you hold to that paradigm, then, of course, you can’t believe in life after death, when the generator’s broken, consciousness is gone. But it’s equally possible that the relationship — and nothing in neuroscience rules it out – that the relationship is more like the relationship of the TV signal to the TV set, and in that case, when the TV set is broken, of course the TV signal continues. And this is the paradigm of all spiritual traditions, that we are immortal souls temporarily incarnated in these physical forms.

If we want to understand consciousness, the last people we should ask are materialist scientists. Instead, we should look at ancient cultures, like the Egyptians, who highly valued dream states. Many ancient cultures around the world used hallucinogenic plants to understand consciousness and expand their minds.

However, in today’s society, visionary plants are highly illegal because they promote a state of consciousness that does not agree with the agenda of profit. Substances, like coffee, alcohol, sugar and pharmaceuticals, are forced upon the population, but possession of even small quantities of cannabis, Ayahuasca or psilocybin will land you in jail. If we do not recognize the right of adult sovereignty over consciousness, then we can NOT claim to be free.

Look at what our moderns state of consciousness has done. We have destroyed the natural gifts of the earth in pursuit of short-term, selfish gain. We must reconnect with spirit immediately or else we will encounter disaster. Visionary plants could be the remedy for our current sickness.

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Smiling At Cashiers & Other Sparks Of Divinity

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  • The Facts:

    It is possible to have profound experiences in some of the most mundane encounters with others.

  • Reflect On:

    How would your life change if every interaction you had with other people was infused with the conviction that we are all one?

It’s one of the things I like to do, as the receipt is being put in my hand: offer a grateful ‘thank-you,’ and look in the cashier’s eyes for an extra split-second and smile, and see if they are ready to share a spark of divinity that crosses between our souls.

Sometimes they are, as happened to me recently at a ‘No Frills’ express lane. I looked at the girl as she handed me the bill, she looked at me, and then came the recognition in her eyes, in her smile, whether conscious or not, that we are connected, that we see each other, that we are grateful to be alive to have this kind of experience. Magic.

Sometimes the cashier is not ready, and my smile is met with a furtive glance, back to the next matter at hand, the next customer in line. No matter. No effort to connect is wasted. Some of the energy still gets through and gives the person a lift.

Sometimes it is me who is not ready, and the smile from the cashier awakens me into appreciation. Imagine, they are the ones working a long, tiring, repetitive job and they take a moment to wake ME up!

When the cashier is efficient, friendly, light, then my appreciation for what they are doing pours out into that moment. When the cashier is slow, tired, fed-up, it is not so easy for me. But at times, I am prepared to take the opportunity to help reconnect that person to the vitality of life. Have you ever eased a busy, ragged, overwhelmed cashier into a moment of divinity with a warm smile of empathy? Have you ever made a frowning, wrinkled face light up? Try it! This may be the best experience of them all.

Learned Practice

I’m just grateful to have found this practice. It did not come naturally to me. I was always shy, cautious, pensive, ‘in my head’. It was through years of watching a few trusted friends, seeing how they interacted easily and openly with strangers, that I started to try to adopt a new approach.

I had long been a student of philosophy and spirituality. But if the study of esoteric matters remains on the pages, in the words, in the concepts, simply a tool of the intellect to make one feel smart, evolved, superior, then the whole point is missed, not only about spiritual knowledge but about life itself.

At first, the practice for me was about trying to feel connected myself; it served to make me feel more comfortable in the world, especially around other people. As I continued to practice, and expand that practice into other situations, not just with strangers but with friends, loved ones, enemies, it really broadened and deepened my understanding of spiritual principles which I had previously fancied myself an expert in. Perhaps one of the most important realizations I’ve had through all this is that true knowledge is humbling. If one’s knowledge base serves to inflate one’s sense of self-importance in the world in comparison to other people, then it is not true knowledge.

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

Our lives on this planet are fraught with difficult emotions: fear, sadness, anxiety, and many others. One of the great healing salves is to endeavor to demonstrate to others the knowledge that we are all one. Most likely, you have had this kind of experience in some situations in your life, like smiling at a cashier or hugging a loved one. The key to a great life is to work to expand this experience into all our interactions with people, to overcome the barriers of separation, not only in others but especially the ones within ourselves.

This is the task of the bringers of light. And whether we are conscious of it or not, we are all here to bring our light upon the darkness, and collectively transform our world into our shared vision of harmony.

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Expanding Reality Through Consciousness: A Fascinating Interview With A Neurosurgeon

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  • The Facts:

    Joe recently sat down with Dr. Mario Beauregard for an in-depth discussion into consciousness, current events and how we can begin responding to the emerging desire for change.

  • Reflect On:

    What direction is our global society moving towards with regards to understanding the true nature of consciousness? Is a new consciousness emerging within us that no longer resonates with the 'old world?'

Mario Beauregard, PhD., is a neuroscientist currently affiliated with the Department of Psychology, University of Arizona. He has received a bachelor degree in psychology and a doctorate degree in neuroscience from the University of Montreal. He has also underwent postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Texas Medical School (Houston) and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University.

Dr. Beauregard is the author of more than 100 publications (articles, essays, book chapters) in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry. He was the first neuroscientist to use neuroimaging to investigate the neural underpinnings of voluntary control in relation to emotion. Because of his research into the neuroscience of consciousness, he was selected (2000) by the World Media Net to be one of the “One Hundred Pioneers of the 21st Century.”

In the episode below, Collective Evolution founder Joe Martino and Dr. Beauregard sit down to discuss what transhumanism, AI, near death experiences and our current events have in common, which is consciousness. They all stem from what level of consciousness we are creating these things out of. Joe explores this topic with Dr. Beauregard in a recent episode of The Collective Evolution Show on CETV.

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